Assessing stomatitis: Refinement of the Western Consortium for Cancer Nursing Research (WCCNR) stomatitis staging system

Karin Olson, Betty Davies, Lesley Degner, Karen Neufeld, Harry Plummer, Norma Thurston, Barbara Warren, Karen Wright, Stella Dyck


The purpose of this study was to refine the Western Consortium for Cancer Nursing Research (WCCNR) stomatitis staging system. Fifty-six adult cancer patients were accrued. Using all eight descriptors, 96.4% of the participants were correctly staged. Using only lesions, colour and bleeding, however, 92.9% of the cases were correctly staged. Based on the findings of this study, the WCCNR stomatitis staging system has been shortened to include only lesions, colour and bleeding.

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